Fear of the Dark
“If your children are allowed to unlock their imaginations, anything from a backyard swing set to a child’s own bedroom can be transformed into a dangerous undersea castle or dragon’s lair. But by encouraging your kids to think linearly and literally, and constantly reminding them they can never be anything but human children with no extraordinary characteristics, you can better ensure that they will lead prolonged lives.” ~ The Onion (Satire)
Sigmund Freud contended that fear of the dark was an extension of childhood separation anxiety, but I prefer to view it as a function of a healthy imagination. I have always enjoyed scary images and even getting scared. A strong imagination must confront that which cannot be defined by the senses and attempt to interpret it. There is no need to fear that.
Friedrich Nietzsche famously said, “Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” This advice I followed as a child long before I was aware of Nietzsche. I do not fear the monsters of my imagination. I relish them. They are windows into my soul and a frequent muse of my art.